♪ brent: it was arguably his most anticipated speech ever, and his meaning was, don't blame me . batter is sounded like a politician, he is up for reelection tomorrow ahead of fee far, and it comes after calls of him to go. 0 latest -- >> latent a, the head of fifa, sepp blatter. >> he did not try to deny the seriousness of the situation. sepp blatter: these are unprecedented and vocal times
for fifa. this brings shame and humiliation onto football and it demands action and change from us all. >> flags, music, and dance. it was business as usual at fifa 's usual your dance. he would not accept responsibility for the scan dal. sepp blatter: i cannot accept responsibility for everyone all of the time. i would not allow the actions of a few to destroy the hard work and integrity of the vast majority of those who work so hard for football. >> pressure is mounting on blatter to not seek reelection
on friday. many pleaded for him to stand down. >> we went to his office, and i advised himm resign. you said, we know and like each other, but it is too late. >> it helps that this man prince ali bin al hussein, of jordan, can defeat blatter in the vote. but he looks poised to win a fifth term as the head of fifa. peter: that election now just a matter of hours -- brent: that election now just an hour of matter -- just a matter of hours away. what do think is going to happen do you think we are going to see a reelection for sepp blatter? >> we definitely are going to see on friday afternoon 4:00,
central european time, we are going to have a new president, which is, of course going to be him. brent: how do you explain that? he has said, don't blame me for what has happened. the subtext is to blame a lot of people who are under me. >> which is, of course ridiculous this is the man who has been in fifa for 40 years and if you know him personally, and i have followed him over the last couple of years, you actually find he knows everything within fifa. he knows everybody everything, and he knows how it works as well. he is meeting with people around the world from different associations. which means that if he has known about all of these allegations that we have heard of the last couple of days, this would have been ridiculous. brent: he has publicly said in the last couple of days in interviews that i am a schemer.
but he says he is not guilty of anything. is it hard for you to imagine that there is nothing about these corruption charges? >> absolutely, and i personally would say that he has never been corrupt himself. he has never taken any bribes whatsoever but that is also because his main focus is power it is money. he doesn't need it. if you have gone up to my sources, he is traveling around the world anyways so when it comes down to his power, he personally probably has not taken any bribes, but he must have known about all of that and all of the people we are talking about have been friends of him, especially vice president jeffrey webb. brent: what do you make of uefa saying we are not going to boycott the selection but we say he should go? >> today this is his last chance, today we said that uefa
could have come up, and they said we are not going to be there tomorrow at the congress you would have only seen on hundred 50 -- seen 150 plus people. brent: but how do explain the europeans, that is basically where all of the money is in fifa. the asian clubs the african clubs, for example, they are still standing by seopp. >> that has to do with football in general, there are 209 federations within fifa that heavily rely on money from fifa. at the end of the day, they use the money that sepp blatter hands out, so they all him a lot -- they owe him a lot. brent: let me ask before you go, the jordanian prince, ali bin al hussein, he would love to up
seat sepp blatter. any chance? >> not at all, he doesn't have about 40 or 45 votes from the european union. brent: all right, very informative, thank you for sharing your insights with us and it will be interesting to see what will happen on the election on friday afternoon. thank you very much. let's take a very close look at longtime president sepp blatter. anchor 2: he still insists he is not going anywhere. sepp blatter: crisis? what is a crisis? >> sepp blatter might try to put on a brave face, but this crisis will not end his two decades of ahead of world football in his mind. some like it him as a dictator for life. >> you could call someone a dictator who has his hands on
the reins like i do at fifa. >> since he took the reins in 1998, blatter has turned football into a global phenomenon and a profitable business. in just the past 12 years, fifa 's revenue has raised to more than $2 billion. it is the reason why some people say he should keep his job. sepp blatter: this is the work that i have done in the last years of fifa. >> he especially made himself popular in oceania, asia, and africa. a lot of the money that he earned has gone to those regions. that has benefited football, but critics say the patronage came at a price. blatter built up that bolstered his power and influence. opposition to him has grown in recent years and most recently
in europe's uefa federation. it has not seriously threatened him. >> the criticism from individual european countries and media has often been exaggerated. it overestimates how many have accepted bribes but has not presented facts to back this up. this makes other countries feel marginalized by europe. >> blatter's biggest scandal is the rewarding of the 2022 world cup two qatar. this is a country where workers have been worked to death in appointing -- in appalling conditions. after a fifa internal commission examined the bid last year, the matter seemed to be put to rest. now after the arrest, the scandal seems to be reaching a new dimensions.
yet blatter is not ruffled. >> he is just very calm. >> for now, he is planning to stand for reelection for the fifa leadership tomorrow. brent: and while sepp blatter got a major vote of confidence from some folks outside the scupper -- the soccer establishment, there are some who believe in him much more than that. anchor 2: that's right vladimir putin believes in him and he believes that the fbi investigation into fifa were part of a joint effort by the united states and the european union to take the world cup away from russia. >> russia hopes to welcome the world to the world cup events in 2018. but russia's world cup could be under threat. >> i am so proud of russia.
we are making progress despite all of the difficulties we are in right now. sports shouldn't the a political issue, it is not political, it is just sports. >> there is a different message coming from the kremlin. it believes the investigation part real target is somewhere else. russian president putin says the united states is orchestrating the scandal to take the world cup away from russia. >> we know that putting blatter under pressure in order to strip them of the world cup in 2018 is an obvious attempt by the u.s. to force other countries to accept its authority. >> but many muscovites are not buying the kremlin's rhetoric. >> things like this happen. i don't think anyone wants to take our world cup away. >> this scandal with the organizers, doesn't have anything to do with our country. >> here in this arena up to
2000 people are working around the clock to get the stadium ready for 2018 and they hope their work will not be in vain. brent: if all of these allegations are true, how did the fifa officials get away with this for so long and how was everyone involved? >> there was media, marketing, and sponsorship rights. brent: they're are also looking into major financial institutions. >> these are some of the banks that are said to have handled the bribes. what the banks new is one thing and that is what the u.s. attorney general wants to find out. the attorney general does not name any sponsors, but a multinational firm paid brazilian's team. the united states attorney general says it is concerned and many groups are cooperate fully. sponsorship is a major source of
income for fifa, and it is growing. since 2010 -- 2002-2000 10 sponsorship has nearly doubled so fifa can't afford to lose its sponsors. but major sponsors such as hyundai, coca-cola, and others demand it fifa -- demand that fifa clean up its act. they know that being associated with corruption and bribery is very bad for business. brent: the u.s. military warns it may have accidentally exposed dozens of people to anthrax, a potentially lethal l act. used in biological weapons -- potentially lethal bacteria used in biological weapons. anchor 2: there are a number of level workers who may have been
exposed in the u.s., but the pentagon says no infections have been reported. the pentagon uses so-called dead bacteria for work, but actually sold -- actually shipped live samples to places in the u.s. and south korea. and whether in the united states shows that heavy rain of flooding have devastated parts of texas and oklahoma. brent: at least 21 people are dead and entire neighborhoods in houston are underwater. people are evacuating stranded residents and that is the worst flooding in the city in years. the u.s. national weather service has issued further flood warnings for parts of north texas and oklahoma. anchor 2: all right, we are going to take a short break. when we come back, india is still reeling from a heat wave that has taken the lives of over 1500 people. brent: we will also take a look
approaching and africa where giraffes are the latest species to be put at risk. don't go away. ♪ brent: welcome back. the heat wave that has hit india is pushing the country's hospitals to its limits. anchor 2: that's right medical experts say that over 1000 people have died in just one week and many more are in need of care. >> many hospitals in the stricken areas don't even have electric fans to help keep patients cool. at least these people have s hade and someone keeping an eye on them. authorities are warning people to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activity. >> our doctors and paramedics staff has been going out --
paramedic staff have been going out and making sure to tell people not to go outside in the sun. if you step out during the day take precautions. >> it is advice that many people simply can't afford to follow. they have to work just to feed themselves and their families. the heat wave has hit hardest in southern parts of india. this is where most of the deaths have occurred. many areas don't have enough drinking water. thunderstorms and rain forecast for the coming days may provide some coming relief, but temperatures aren't expected to drop significantly until the rainy season's start later in june. brent: and now we join our india correspondent sonia phalnikar who joins us on the phone. sonia, how are the government
workers dealing with this? sonia: i was in the capital delhi and that city is just really in the grip of a heat wave. it was near 46 degrees celsius so you can imagine, it was really sawn alike -- sauna-like conditions there. people cut electricity for about 10 hours a day with the grid struggling to provide electricity. many places have borne the brunt of the heat, and many victims there are neighbors and construction workers. they are unable to stop working and their families depend on their daily wages. the state has issued heat alerts advising people to stay indoors and drink plenty of fluids, but in many places, local services are simply overwhelmed.
we have to remember that india is no stranger to heat waves, it is a tropical country, and hundreds of people mainly from the poorest sections of society die in the hundreds every year. that is why the media has been very critical of the response of the government so far. despite the predictable and periodic incidents of heat waves and the high number of deaths, they need to make changes. brent: why has the worst effect been in the south of the country, what a particular makes that a problem? sonia: the worst effects are on the southeastern coast of goa it is very hot and extremely humid weather, and this time, the temperature there is about 47 degrees healthiest. -- 47 degrees celsius.
this is not the first time that it has had a really bad heat wave. in 2010, there were more than 3000 people that died in one week alone. brent: all right that's sonia phalnikar, we will have to leave it there. thanks for joining us. anchor 2: the head of the international monetary fund says greece leaving the eurozone is a possibility. she says the debt remains and clearing that is a long way off. brent: there were is a meeting of g7 a finance ministers in dresden, germany and this is not the end of a single currency. a short while ago, i spoke to our correspondent kristof and toying with -- and he said that they were trying to toilet the tactic of a greater sentiment at the meeting. kristof: if you talk to people
behind the scenes, the sentiment certainly goes in the direction that hopes are slimming to actually solve this greek debt crisis because if we look at the time table now we are at the end of may and beginning of june. at this point of time, and negotiation should have been much of further, but they are lagging far behind. at the end of june, greece is likely to run out of money. to avoid that, seems day by day less likely. brent: i think a lot of folks would have thought we could have solved this problem by now. what about the original plans of roosting economic growth globally? kristof: that is certainly on the topic and highly debated here in dresden. this morning a finance
ministers and the heads of the central banks were joined by several international economist. among them, nobel prize winner robert shiller as well as larry summers, to give thought and insight as to what they think may boost economic growth and may lead to sustainable growth in the world economy. what delegates here agree upon is that in order to get sustainable growth, structural reforms are necessary political, structural reforms. the big question is, who is supposed to do these structural reforms, in which area, and to what extent? that is certainly a question that is being heavily debated here in dresden. brent: all right, thanks for checking on things in dresden of course. growth is the watchword and growth is what we've got from sprain. -- spain. anchor 2: spanish gdp rose 0.9%
in the first quarter, that makes it's one of the fastest-growing -- it one of the fastest growing economies in europe. one out of four in the workforce are still without a job. brent: and we will go down on the marketeer and see what is happening at the frankfurt stock exchange. >> good news from spain, growth is really accelerating their. sure there -- accelerating there. sure there is still high unemployment among the youth of the country, but that is typical of this kind of upswing. spain could serve as an example for countries like greece, this is where austerity reforms to pay off in the end. the positive news from spain that did not hit home was what will, of greece, will a default
the avoided, and will an agreement be reached? people here in the market will continue to work to -- look to dresden to continue to look for answers. brent: let's turn now to africa where there has long been a huge problem with elephants and rhinos being poached for their ivory. anchor 2: now illegal hunters are targeting giraffes on a mass scale. some say they're crushed bones can cure aids -- their crushed bones can cure aids, others say they just need the meat to survive. brent: the population has dropped by 65%. >> it is so unusual to see this much greenery here at this reserve in kenya. a lot of rain in recent weeks has been a welcome surprise to the normally dry park and the animals that live there. it is still dangerous, though, giraffes are endangered by
poachers set to go after their bones, which are said to have healing powers. conservationists constantly monitor the park posture rafts. this man -- the park's giraffes. this man knows many by name based on their patterns. >> they go outside because there is no food, and that is why sometimes we see they come down, and the humans kill them because of food. >> changing attitudes start early. jacob talks to schoolchildren about the giraffes. >> i like the giraffe because he is slow and i like her because she is a beautiful animal. >> giraffes are not only vital to the ecosystem, but also a big attraction for tourists.
but visitor numbers are down. kenya's tourism industry is in the worst crisis in years. it can't afford to lose a more wildlife to poaching -- to lose more wildlife to poaching. >> many are benefiting from this wildlife. there are health centers, schools in these areas and students are getting scholarships from this wildlife researchers and all of these things. >> it is a vicious circle. fewer tourists mean less money for locals and hunting animals puts food on the table. jacob spends a lot of his time talking to villages and trying to get them to stop killing giraffes. >> the giraffes bring us a lot of money. they are just as important to us
as our cattle. >> but not all communities think that way. the giraffe is in real danger in some areas of east africa. here, at least, there are people who care for the giraffes and leave them in peace to enjoy all of that greenery. brent: how could you heard a giraffe? anchor 2: i don't know. brent: all right that is going to wrap it up for us. we will see you soon. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]